I loved "Mamma Mia!", the ABBA movie. I loved "Hairspray." So of course I also loved "Pitch Perfect," directed by Jason Moore: Watching a group of misfits perform everything from Ace of Base to Rihanna together is infectiously, vicariously fun. But aside from the singing (though the singing is so good!) this is a story of unexpected friendships and life-changing love.
In "Safety Not Guaranteed," two interns at "Seattle Magazine," Darius (Aubrey Plaza) and Arnau (Karan Soni), accompany their boss Jeff (Jake Johnson) on assignment to find a mysterious would-be time traveler in rural Washington state. The traveler, a small-town guy named Kenneth (Mark Duplass) has posted a classified ad looking for an able time-traveling partner who will have to bring his or her own weapons.
We all have that one friend who went through the breakup she cannot stop talking about. If it was three weeks ago, you get it. It's still raw. If it was three months ago, okay. You figure she and her ex were together for awhile. She thought she'd found The One. Of course it still hurts. But after three months, well, it's time for your friend to shut up already, if you even hang out anymore.
In The Vow, Paige (Rachel McAdams) and Leo (Channing Tatum) start out a happily married young couple. They're driving home from a concert on a snowy night in Chicago, kiss at a stoplight, and BAM! They're rear-ended by a truck. Paige flies out the windshield, and things get interesting. It took all of three minutes.
Are you starting to wonder if whoever coined the phrase "absence makes the heart grow fonder" was ever involved in a long-distance relationship? The truth is, when many miles separate you and your honey, keeping your connection strong is tough regardless of your fondness for each other.
There are a few rules I absolutely know to be true in relationships. One, if a guy cheated with you, he'll cheat on you. Two, one person in the relationship is always more committed than the other. And three, long-distance relationships don't work.
Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Julianne Moore and Emma Stone make an irresistible team in this winner of a rom-com. Throw in a funny and original script, add a dash of Marissa Tomei and Kevin Bacon, and layer on a few endearing newcomers, and you have a film that almost anyone can enjoy. So...can we say "good date movie?"
As much as I loved Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, I have to concede that it's only suitable as a date movie when both of you can appreciate the series. You don't have to like it, you just need to remember why the Golden Trio skipped their seventh year at Hogwarts to hunt down Horcruxes in the backwoods of Scotland. Confused? Read on for a little Potter Appreciation 101.